Primark lands top spot in clothing

The discount fashion chain Primark reclaimed the crown of the UK's biggest clothing retailer over the summer, putting Marks & Spencer and Asda in the shade.

Primark grew its share of the clothing market, in terms of sales volumes, to 10.9 per cent, ahead of George at Asda's 10.8 per cent and 10.2 per cent at M&S for the 12 weeks to 15 August, according to Kantar Worldpanel fashion data. All three retailers and Kantar declined to comment. Primark and Asda typically get a summer boost from strong sales of cheap casualwear, such as T-shirts.

Meanwhile, Primark has hired Wolfgang Krogmann as its general manager for northern Europe, fuelling speculation of a launch into the Nordic countries.